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blog 14.2.10When a child has ADHD, a frequent recommendation is to set aside a specific time every week to plan the schedule for the coming week. The purpose of the schedule is to help the youngster (and family) be more organized and accomplish the tasks that need to be done in a timely fashion. Having an appreciation of the passage of time is a major challenge for anyone with attention weaknesses, and for young children too.


blog 14.2.3Family meetings can be useful to deal with the small aggravations that can morph into major conflicts in a household. It is a time during which family members can talk about the past week’s events – the high points and the low points. Was someone “hogging” the computer? Did daughter #1 see daughter #2 wearing her favorite shirt without permission? Was the car returned without gas? Did youngest brother not get any of the chocolate chip cookies?


blog 14.1.31In previous posts, Barbara Hunter has explored the value of understanding the perspective of your child with a learning disability, and the competition for attention that can occur with siblings. Another issue which may arise is sibling rivalry.


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When one or more children in a family have a learning disability or ADHD, the entire family unit may feel the stress of the day-to-day struggles of school and family life. In my last post we looked at a way to observe where the sibling who does not experience a disability may be emotionally reacting to her role in this family dynamic. 


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Sibling relationships in the best situation range from best friends to worst enemies, but when one or more children have a diagnosed disability, special considerations may be in order to understand the sibling’s perspective.


blog 14.1.17On Sunday, December 1, 2013, The New York Times featured an article about the desperate need in the U.S. for workers with technical expertise. It is such a problem that German automobile manufacturers in the U.S. are partnering with schools in their communities to develop training programs and apprenticeships. The article noted that in Germany the students in these programs are young, but here in the U.S. the trainees are in their 20s.


blog 14.1.15For a student with a learning disability or deficits in executive function, this question requires careful consideration. The first indicator that a 4-year program may not be the first option is poor grades in English, Math, History or Science. In a 4-year college, the student will be taking these classes all over again, with papers and majors projects in every class.


blog 14.1.13Students who have been working hard for their entire academic career without seeing a payoff in the form of good grades do “burn out.” Consider a change. I am not talking about changing high schools. Look at your child’s program of studies. Does she need to switch out of a class?  Should she change to the next level of English or Math class? Something needs to be different for this student.


blog 14.1.9Lack of adequate sleep has been in the news for a number of years. Americans are getting less sleep and having greater problems with insomnia than our parents or grandparents. In children, poor sleep habits have been linked to disruptive behavior, problems with attention in school and general crankiness. The American Medical Association in 2012 indicated that many adults are also sleep deprived.


blog 13.12.18This week I was reading a post from a distraught mother of a sixth grade son, on one of the LD websites. It was painful to read, though the storyline not uncommon. Bright, seemingly intelligent dyslexic boy with ADHD, still reading at a first grade level, and given his average profile from testing, receiving accommodations only, and struggling with this daily stress producer called school.